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James 4:11-17 Devotional – Day 2

By February 7, 2023Daily Devotional

ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness

“Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). God has given us some reflection of his sense of goodness, so that when we evaluate things in the way He created us to evaluate them, we approve what God approves and delight in things he delights in. When we realize that God is the definition and source of all good, we realize that God himself is the ultimate good that we seek.

Take a moment and consider some of the good things you experience. Speak words of praise and thanks to God for the goodness He has brought into your life. Praise God because He is always good.

CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100

SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.

  • Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
  • Pray for Youth Horizons. Pray for the boys living at the Ranch. Ask God to reveal Himself to them. Pray for the staff serving the boys.

James 4:11-17 – English Standard Version
11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

James writes that to speak against a brother or sister is to speak against God’s word. We probably don’t equate our sin with judging God and his word but that is exactly what James does. Have you considered the fact that when you sin against God you are putting yourself in the role of God. This is especially true when we pass judgment on others. Sin is doing things our way as opposed to doing things God’s way. What else is this other than “playing God”? But it gets worse. When we put ourselves in the place of God, this is pride. Pride puts us in opposition to God. Not only is sin playing God in a sense, but it is also directly opposing him. Now we can see why James wrote that “friendship with the world is hatred towards God.” Those words were not as harsh as they seem. They are accurate descriptions of what it means to make life about us rather than about God. Now, as you consider how easily and casually, we toss around words about others I hope this will give you pause. We do need to learn to be careful about our words. We do need to see our sin for what it is. This is not to make us more miserable and fearful. This is so we can be joyful and free. It is a heavy burden to feel like you are responsible to judge others. Relax, be free, this is not your responsibility at all.

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